PROS / Very simple override function. Individual profiles ideal for computers with multiple users. Protects against MalWare and blocks clear phishing attempts.
CONS / Frequently requires multiple overrides on one site. Comparatively demanding on system resources.
VERDICT / In conjunction with McAfee's anti-virus suite, McAfee Parental Controls provides comprehensive protection in terms of both offensive material and malware.
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Reporting & Notification
Even though there are a plethora of options as far as setting up ratings, sensitivities, and individual profiling, they are very difficult to understand. The overblocking/underblocking was very good, but when you did get a blocked website and performed an override function, there was an occasional looping of override options.
There were numerous options and acronyms that most users have no idea of what they mean. This is not for the novice computer user. Even though there are a plethora of options as far as setting up ratings, sensitivities, and individual profiling, they are very difficult to understand.
Filtering & Blocking
McAfee Parental Controls was extremely difficult to setup. If your computer is not setup with separate users, this can be a very complex setup procedure.
Installation & Support
The overblocking/underblocking was very good, but when you did get a blocked website and performed an override function, there were occasional looping of override options.
The application is very visual in its graphics, a very nice design. Overall, a good product, but more work needs to be done to elevate the ranking of this product.